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Farewell from Commissioner Piebalgs
Farewell from Commissioner Piebalgs

01/11/2014

As the new European Commission, led by President Juncker, took office on 1st November 2014, the mandate of Andris Piebalgs as Commissioner for Development has ended. Upon his departure, Commissioner Piebalgs highlighted what an honour it had been to work on promoting sustainable development and on fighting poverty all over the globe.

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EU confirms support to Horn of Africa ahead of high-level visit of international organisations to the region
EU confirms support to Horn of Africa ahead of high-level visit of international organisations to the region

27/10/2014

Today, the EU has confirmed that it will support the wider region of the Horn of Africa with a total of €3 billion until 2020, primarily coming from the 11th European Development Fund (EDF).

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EU increases development support to Nepal and Bhutan
EU increases development support to Nepal and Bhutan

17/10/2014

European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, has announced that the EU development programmes for Nepal and Bhutan will triple in the 2014-2020 period in comparison with the allocation from the previous years.

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World Food Day: Joint statement by Commissioners Andris Piebalgs and Kristalina Georgieva
World Food Day: Joint statement by Commissioners Andris Piebalgs and Kristalina Georgieva

16/10/2014

At the occasion of World Food Day today, Commissioners Andris Piebalgs and Kristalina Georgieva, said: "Today is an opportunity to reflect on how European Union aid is alleviating the world's greatest solvable problem: hunger.

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Commissioner Piebalgs to sign development programmes for Belize, Lesotho, Togo and Zambia
Commissioner Piebalgs to sign development programmes for Belize, Lesotho, Togo and Zambia

10/10/2014

European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, will sign today the National Indicative Programmes (NIP) for development cooperation with Belize, Lesotho, Togo and Zambia in the 2014-2020 period, which amount to €869 million.

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EU provides new support to help migrants and victims of human trafficking
EU provides new support to help migrants and victims of human trafficking

02/10/2014

The EU has today announced a new project to promote and protect the rights of migrants moving between developing countries, worth over €10 million. The project focuses on two types of migrants: those who carry out domestic work in the recipient country (e.g. house-cleaning) and those who fall victim of human trafficking.

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EU boosts its cooperation on sustainable energy with developing countries
EU boosts its cooperation on sustainable energy with developing countries

22/09/2014

EU's commitment to helping developing countries provide access to sustainable energy for all is stronger than ever. The European Union will tomorrow co-sign joint declarations in New York to reinforce energy cooperation with five African countries: Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Liberia, Togo and Rwanda. 

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High level EU coordination meeting on Ebola

15/09/2014

Today, a high-level meeting to coordinate further steps in a European wide response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has taken place in Brussels. Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs, Health Commissioner, Tonio Borg, and Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva, have represented the European Institutions.

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EU announces €140 million package in response to Ebola outbreak

05/09/2014

The European Commission announces today €140 million of funding for the countries affected by the Ebola virus in West Africa: Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.
The new package will help those countries bolster their health services (for example through reinforcing treatment centres or support for health workers), both during the crisis and in the recovery phase.

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EU steps up its efforts to fight organised crime and drug trafficking in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean

08/08/2014

The European Commission has announced additional funding of three million euros for the Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP), an on-going initiative in several countries of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean to help reduce trafficking in drugs and other illicit products, thanks to more effective, well-connected counter-narcotic activities. This includes connecting the participating airports to international databases and communication networks and promoting intelligence and information sharing. European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, said: "Organised crime, drug trafficking and the damage that they bring are a global problem that requires a strong and coordinated response".  So far, thanks to this programme more than 355 kg of cocaine and 1120 kg of cannabis were seized, among other results. With today's announcement, the European Commission has contributed almost €8 million to the AIRCOP project.

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